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Businesses asked to make local children’s dreams come true

24 October 2012

Businesses in Derbyshire are being asked to buy circus tickets to be distributed to local disabled and underprivileged children.

Circus Starr, a not-for-profit company, which celebrates its silver jubilee this year, is coming to Derby to put on two performances at The Elvaston Castle Showground with proceeds from tickets going to the Children’s hospital at the Royal Derby Hospital.

The not-for-profit company offers free tickets to youngsters by asking for donations from businesses in the areas it visits.

Over the last ten years Circus Starr has raised more than £800,000 for UK charities by donating any surplus revenue to a nominated local organisation.  Over the last six years Circus Starr has raised money for Derby Hospitals Charity as well as allowing hundreds of children the chance to see a free circus show.

Children’s First Derby, Short Break Service, St Claire’s School, Umbrella, The Light House, and the Derby Montessori School are among some of the local organisations which have benefited from receiving free tickets for Circus Starr.

Founded in 1987, Circus Starr, started out by taking a Big Top to 20 towns and cities each year, but its annual tour has now mushroomed to 75 places a year.

The not-for-profit company aims to add another 15 towns to their annual tour over the next five years, allowing another 15,000 children with special needs to see a free circus each year.

In 2011, £1.345m worth of free tickets were donated to British children through schools and organisations. This year the company reached another major milestone as it notched up more than one million free visits by British children.

The jubilee tour will see Circus Starr provide another 35,000 free tickets for disadvantaged children in England and Wales as it tours towns and cities including; Oxford, Leeds, Liverpool, Cardiff, Bristol, Leicester, Nottingham and Derby. 

Director Neville Wilson said: “We are really looking forward to coming back to Derby and performing for hundreds of youngsters there.

“It is amazing how much a day out at the circus benefits the children that see it. Hundreds of the youngsters who will see our show have a life-limiting illness or severe special needs and it is fantastic when we are able to see we have touched their lives in a way that otherwise would not be possible.

“A circus is a place of magic, particularly for younger children, and we hope can continue making magic for needy children for another 25 years.

Any businesses or individuals that would like to donate money to Circus Starr so it can continue its work for another 25 years should contact: Michelle Crossley on 01260 288690 or michelle@circus-starr.co.uk


To celebrate its 25th anniversary ‘The Circus with a Purpose’ is coming to Elvaston Castle Showground,
Borrowash Road, Elvaston, Derby, DE72 3EP on Thursday 8th November 2012 with two shows at 4.45pm & 7.00pm

Press and Media Contacts

Tony Crossley
Public Relations, Circus Starr. 
Tel: 01260 276627                                                                        
Email: tony@arts-exchange.com

Julie Chapman
Derby Hospitals Charity
Tel: 01332 785731
Email: julie.chapman5@nhs.net